Early Childhood and Teacher Education majors are required to complete a national criminal background check through Castle Branch. This requirement is for both lecture-based classes where students are required to visit Early Childhood sites and Elementary Education Programs and for practicum-based courses where students spend significant amounts of time in Early Childhood/Elementary classrooms.
This background check is a requirement of the Colorado Community College System and is implemented and monitored by CCA's Human Resources Department and ECE/EDU Department. Background checks from employment sites will not be accepted. It is strongly advised that students complete their background checks prior to entering the ECE/EDU program or any course that has field observation requirements.
Each student is responsible for completing the criminal background check with Castle Branch. Students set up personal accounts with this company and will have access to their information. The check will take 3-5 days to complete. Because the entire process is electronic students will not need to do any more than complete the process and inform their instructor. The instructor will contact the department's admin or chair to ensure the student has completed the background check.
Background checks are valid from the date of clearance as long as the student is continuously enrolled at CCA in a CCCS approved program with no more than a two-semester lapse in enrollment. The Department Chair or Dean has the discretion to request additional background checks at any time, and the student will be responsible for the associated costs.
Should any required record indicate that a student is unable to work with children, he or she will not be eligible to complete the courses requiring interactions with children. See our Disqualifying Criminal Offenses. Students may file an appeal with the Colorado Department of Human Services should the findings indicate ineligibility to work with children. If a student's background check prevents one from working with children or to be hired by an educational facility, the department chair will work with the student to determine an alternative education plan and career path.